Spain Travel Diary Part 1: Memories of Madrid

January 19, 2014

In April last year, I went on a trip to different cities around Spain with my family, which I would like to write about here – almost a year later. Having taken more than four thousand photos (and post-processing about a thousand) overwhelmed my perfectionist self that it took me this long to finally muster the time and energy to post them here. Nonetheless, these could still be worth sharing, if only for the sake of chronicling this trip online, and for those who might be curious to see what this European nation is like from a 21-year-old girl’s perspective. Here are my selected shots of our trip in chronological order.


We spent approximately four days in Madrid, Spain’s capital and largest city, and the third largest in the European Union (after London and Berlin). This city has a mix of  modern and early 20th century architecture. Madrid definitely tops the list of the world’s most beautiful and cleanest cities.



Stradivarius is one of my favorite clothing brands!



In our first day, my sister and I were so thrilled to enter one of the prettiest bookstores we have ever been to – LA Central. It’s a three-story bookshop with a café in the ground floor, lovely stationery, and of course, Spanish and English books in every genre.


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It’s always a delight to see foreign versions of book covers.


A rainy morning in Madrid. We were about to enter Museo del Prado, Spain’s national art museum that houses some of the finest European art collections in the world.


A bronze, marble and granite statue of Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya is found near the museum.


The museum’s main entrance is already packed with visitors and tourists lining up, early in the morning. This was taken at 9 a.m., if my memory serves me right. Unfortunately, taking pictures inside the museum is prohibited.




This is Gran Via, a bustling upscale shopping street in the city.


Streets are lined with familiar international brands – a shopping haven in Spain.






We brought a handful of fresh raspberries back to our hotel. These taste exquisite.


New clothes. One of my favorite finds is a knit dress from Desigual. I’ve worn it in two formal events last year.


Architecture like this is every city girl’s eye candy.


Even the subway station at Puerta del Sol is an artistic sight.

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We stopped for some early afternoon lunch at this lively restaurant called Café and Tapas. Its salad, tapas, and sangria are heavenly.



Al fresco dining will always be trendy in cities with cool and sunny weather.



Most, if not all Spanish restaurants serve tapas – appetizers that are an indispensible part of Spanish cuisine. Dozens of kinds of tapas existIn the Philippines, Filipino cuisine has adopted a handful of Spanish tapas, such as calamares, gambas, and empanadas!


Teatro Fernan Gomez is a multipurpose music and performing arts theater.



Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcala) – Madrid’s Arc De Triomphe, built in the 1700s.



The Metropolis Building is one of Madrid’s many architectural gems from the 20th century. A statue of the winged goddess Victoria sits on top of the dome.

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My parents!


The City Hall looks like a magnificent gothic cathedral.

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Watch out for more of my Spain Travel Diaries series, coming up soon! Meanwhile, feel free to take a look at my other travel entries.

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  • Danielle

    What a pretty set of photos! :) Glad to have found my way to this blog. More! :)

    • http://www.fearlessprincess/ Desiree Grace Tan

      Thank you, Danielle! I shall do my best to post more consistently from now on. :)

  • Jemma Ponti

    These photos make me want to go there too! Someday maybe.. :) But for now here’s a Sunshine Award for you..

    • http://www.fearlessprincess/ Desiree Grace Tan

      Thanks so much for this, Jemma! :)

  • DaniGam

    What countries have you been to?

    • http://www.fearlessprincess/ Desiree Grace Tan

      I’ve been to Singapore, the United States, South Africa, a few countries in Europe, and the places I’ve written about here: :)

      • DaniGam

        What countries exactly? Do you mind listing all the countries you’ve visited? :)

  • AlexisGrace

    What a charming city— I love exploring travel photos, even if long after. Give you new perspective!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

    • http://www.fearlessprincess/ Desiree Grace Tan

      Same here, Alexis! That’s why I also don’t mind much posting travel photos a few months, or even a year after. I believe travel photos are pretty much timeless. :)

  • itsnades

    Thank you so much for this post! My family is thinking about going to Spain and this really helped in visually telling me what I can expect. Your photos are such an eye pleaser.

  • Daniel

    I must admit this article is trully amazing! Besides, check out the following infographic titled “Ten Things to Do Before Leaving Madrid” at

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